In response to legal moves in January 2007 to give a young Muslim girl preferential dispensation to wear the niqab, the full-face veil in schools, MECO has taken the lead in calling for the formal banning of this non-Qur’anic item of dress that is sadly gaining popularity within some quarters of British Muslim community today. In addition to offering its moral and material support to the school concerned in Buckinghamshire, MECO issued a strong statement to the national and local media. MECO‘s courage attracted interest from all over the UK as well as from overseas groups. Paul Goodman, the MP for High Wycombe, has applauded MECO’s bold stand and has requested other major Muslim organisations in Britain to participate in MECO’s pioneering campaign to outlaw non-Islamic face-mask in schools. Following publication of MECO’s statement supporting the niqab ban, we have been inundated with offers of financial assistance and material support from members of the general public, both Muslim and non-Muslim.
We reproduce MECO‘s full statement below, which was published in an edited form in the Oxford Mail, 1 February 2007, and also in the Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2007.
Click here to read the letter from the Daily Telegraph’s Website.